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Katrin Hinrichs DVM, PhD

Katrin Hinrichs DVM, PhD

Professor and Patsy Link Chair in Mare Reproductive Studies

Dr. Katrin Hinrichs graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. After private practice, she spent six years at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center completing a residency and PhD. There, she began her research on hormonal requirements for pregnancy and embryo transfer in the mare. She spent the next 10 years at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, teaching and conducting research on oocyte maturation and fertilization in the horse. Hinrichs joined the faculty at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in 1998; she has a joint appointment in Veterinary Physiology and Pharmacology and Large Animal Clinical Sciences, and was named the Patsy Link Chair in Mare Reproductive Studies in 2005.

Dr. Hinrichs is best known to the horse-owning world for her unique contributions to equine cloning and in vitro fertilization (intracytoplasmic sperm injection, or ICSI). She and her group cloned the first horse in North America, and the third in the world. Their continued efforts have resulted in one of the highest reported success rates for production of live offspring following nuclear transfer in any species. Her laboratory has also pioneered many techniques to improve the success and clinical application of ICSI.  In addition, Dr. Hinrichs has contributed to the understanding of many other applicable procedures in equine assisted reproduction: helping to define requirements for equine embryo development; establishment of improved techniques to maintain viability of oocytes from injured or dying horses, so they may be transported to a specialty referral center for fertilization; improving understanding of the variables affecting oocyte maturation; development of a technique to biopsy horse embryos to determine the presence or absence of genetically-related diseases while maintaining the viability of the developing embryo; and establishment of techniques for improving success of embryo cryopreservation in horses. Her contributions have been widely employed by equine laboratories throughout the world.




Young Ho Choi DVM, PhD

Young Ho Choi DVM, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Young Ho Choi received his DVM from Seoul National University in South Korea in 1989 and he received his PhD from Gifu University in Japan in 1997. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship at the Obihiro University Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in Japan and at Colorado State University in Colorado. Since 2000, he has been working at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences and he currently holds the title of research scientist.

Since 1990 Choi has had experience with in vitro fertilization in several species, such as: mice, pigs, cows and horses. His main research areas are assisted reproductive techniques, more specifically; intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) and cloning in the horse. He has published 32 papers with Hinrichs in the past decade, with the majority of them covering ICSI and cloning in the horse.

 



Dr. Sicilia Grady DVM, MS

Dr. Sicilia Grady DVM, MS

PhD Candidate

Dr. Sicilia Grady received her M.S. in equine reproduction at Texas A&M University in 2008, focusing on the effects of dietary supplementation of omega-3 fatty acids on semen characteristics in stallions. She received her D.V.M. from Colorado State University in 2012, and worked at the Oocyte Transfer Laboratory with Dr. Elaine Carnevale while attending veterinary school. Dr. Grady then completed a clinical internship at Durango Equine Veterinary Clinic in Arizona, working with board-certified Theriogenologist Dr. Lloyd Kloppe. Dr. Grady is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Equine Embryo Laboratory at Texas A&M, performing research in conjunction with the Comparative Orthopedics and Regenerative Medicine Laboratory, on bone-marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells.



Dr. Paola Tinetti

Dr. Paola Tinetti

Graduate Student

Paola Tinetti received her DVM from the University of El Salvador in 2007. After working at the El Salvador Zoo and with other organizations concerned with wild animals, she received a grant to study for her Master’s Degree at the Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain.  Dr. Tinetti is currently on a Fulbright scholarship in the Equine Embryo Laboratory, working toward her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences.  Her interests include in vitro primordial follicle development in the horse as a model for endangered wild equine species.

 



Dr. Heloisa Canesin DeSiqueira

Dr. Heloisa Canesin DeSiqueira

Visiting Research Scholar

 



Dr. Orlando Valenzuela

Dr. Orlando Valenzuela, DVM, MS, PhD

Research Scientist

Dr. Orlando Valenzuela is originally from Chile and received his D.V.M degree from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Universidad de Concepción in 2002. He subsequently earned a Master of Science degree in animal reproduction from the University Austral de Chile in 2006. After the M.S. degree he worked for four years in private practice at several stud farms in the south of Chile. During that time, he lectured in Animal Reproduction courses at the Universidad Santo Tomás and the Universidad Mayor, Temuco. In November 2009, Dr. Valenzuela moved to Cambridge, United Kingdom to study at the University of Cambridge.  He earned his PhD degree in Perinatal Physiology in 2014, investigating whether overexposure to glucocorticoids in the early neonatal period programs metabolic and endocrine function in later life in the horse. At the beginning of 2015 he started a post-doctoral position in the Equine Embryo Laboratory at Texas A&M University, where he will be investigating the relationship of follicle dynamics to the developmental competence of the enclosed oocyte.

 



Dr. John Gibbons

Dr. John Gibbons

Research Assistant

 



Dr. Joao Luna

Dr. Joao Luna

Visiting Scholar

 

 



Kindra Rader

Kindra Rader, Technician I

Program Coordinator

Ms. Kindra Rader is originally from Cheyenne, Wyoming.  She attended Laramie County Community College, where she competed on the horse show and horse judging teams while obtaining her Associates Degree in both Equine Science and Equine Training Management. In 2012, she obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science at Oklahoma State University.  Ms. Rader breeds quality reining horse prospects and has worked in numerous positions within the equine industry, including yearling sales preparation for Vista Equine Colorado, Royal Vista Ranches, and Lazy E Ranch with attendance to select yearling sales across the country. She has also served as foaling attendant for Royal Vista Ranches LLC, and breeding farm manager for Fox Meadow Farm Reining Horses in Oklahoma. This has helped her build a network of friends and mentors that have fueled her passion for horses and expanded her knowledge of horsemanship, equine physiology and the horse industry. Ms. Rader began working as a Technician at the Equine Embryo Laboratory at Texas A&M University in 2013 and now serves as the Program Coordinator for the Laboratory. Ms. Rader oversees all aspects of the clinical ICSI program including but not limited to transvaginal follicle aspiration procedures, oocyte recovery from isolated ovaries post mortem, media preparation, oocyte maturation, and coordination of embryo transfer, vitrification, and genetic biopsy procedures.  Ms. Rader also serves as the laboratory liaison between the Equine Embryo Laboratory, the Large Animal Hospital, and the Section of Theriogenology. She plans to pursue a Master’s in Business Administration in 2016.


 

Christine Mesecher, Technician I

Jody Norris, DVM

Veterinary Clinical Associate

Jody Norris received her B.S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2000 and then served as the breeding manager at Granada Farms for 7 years.  She joined the Equine Embryo Lab in 2008 as the laboratory technician and was part of developing the clinical ICSI program until she began veterinary school in 2011.  Dr. Norris remained close with the Equine Embryo Lab while in school and following graduation in May 2015, returned to the Equine Embryo Lab as a Veterinary Clinical Associate.  She and her husband raise and sell racing quarter horses.